Arts Corner

MIMÌ AND THE STAGES OF LIFE: Lyric explores why Puccini’s classic gets us all where we live

By Paul Horsley
La Bohème is a cradle-to-the-grave kind of opera. No matter where you are in life, it has something to offer. “Each time you revisit this piece you see a whole different aspect of it, and I think that’s probably its greatest strength,” says Linda Brovsky, who directs the Lyric Opera’s production of Puccini’s classic that opens March 15th. “You’ll always find something different.

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POISED BETWEEN STORY AND GORE: KC Ballet’s ‘Dracula’ impresses the eye, frustrates the soul

By Paul Horsley
Bram Stoker’s Dracula is on one level a love story, though it seldom resembles one. In many of the “translated” versions we know of the original 1897 novel, from Murnau’s 1922 film Nosferatu and its Hollywood spinoffs to various literary, stage and even comedic versions, the story of a pitiful creature living under a curse frequently gets lost in the creepiness and blood-sucking eroticism.

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‘NINE,’ MEIN HERR: Classical giants dish out Germans, Austrians and a buffet of others

By Paul Horsley
Within the space of a month, from January 16th through February 15th of this year, no fewer than nine major classical instrumentalists performed in Kansas City: violinists Pinchas Zukerman, Gil Shaham and Nicola Benedetti, pianists Garrick Ohlsson, Leon Fleisher, Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Luis Fernando Pérez, cellist Colin Carr, and percussionist Martin Grubinger. The four programs I attended, three of which are reviewed below, stood out for one reason or another.

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25 FROM THE TOP: Spring highlights bolster growing sense of KC as cultural mecca

By Paul Horsley
The best of the 2013-2014 performing-arts season has been saved for the second half, it seems: the LA Philharmonic, stage works that have garnered Tonys and Pulitzers, a vampire ballet, a rare Stravinsky chamber masterpiece, top-drawer soloists and a Van Cliburn tribute – pretty darned impressive. Here’s our somewhat opinionated selection.
February 11th: Bahia Orchestra Project of Brazil with Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano (Harriman-Jewell Series, Helzberg Hall).

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